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Kimpatsu's Avatar Jump to comment 44 by Kimpatsu

@Darwin's Teapot:
Is the 44% figure akin to the 100% of Japanese who are Buddhist, 100% of Japanese who are Shinto, 100% of Japanese who are Xian... Because when the Japanese say they "belong" to that religion, what they really mean is that they utilise certain ceremonies from those religions during certain rites of passage; Xian weddings (which are not conducted by ordained priests, BTW), Buddhist funerals, etc.
As to the teaching of evolution, there are no religious objections, but the average Japanese person's understanding is not very deep, and is often garbled, because without sufficient reinforcement, the default human presupposition of solipistic teleology takes over. I doubt that much is different next door in the Hermit Kingdom.

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:12:00 UTC | #230101